Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, fear not I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13
As summer swings underway, ECCO was happy to host a SWAP group of volunteers from the Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church in Minnesota. My heart swells with gratitude just knowing these kids have come all this way to help those in need. I’m glad to say the summer staff volunteers, Leah and Will, two young college students, have exhibited a kind, helpful and thoughtful spirit toward the folks at ECCO and the community. I’m looking forward to working with and being as helpful as possible to the SWAP organization this summer.
The community was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Joe Whitaker. I’m sure his death has left a void that cannot be filled. We at ECCO extend deepest sympathy to the family.
Monday being our food give-out day was more hectic then usual. We had several different food items from baked goods to frozen foods besides the usual boxes, but were short of help to distribute. Before we give the first box we always began with prayer. We prayed for God to sent extra help. I had called to see if one person could help and we had three to show. For dinner we had a total of 21 volunteers. As Brother Lloyd is so fond of saying, “God is good, all the time.”
The Eolia Community Park and ECCO will be hosting a gospel singing Saturday, June 22, at the park from 6 to 9 p.m. Several groups are participating. The admission is free and so are the hotdogs. Bring a lawn chair and join us for an evening of music and fellowship.
I’m so glad to hear that Carl Church is out of the hospital recovering from a bout of pneumonia. Carl is 70 something and this was his first stay in the hospital.
Ray Bird bought a property in Harlan County with a house that had been empty for a long time. He moved the contents to a storage unit and bulldozed the house. He donated the contents of the house to ECCO and let me tell you as we began the sorting process Friday on ECCO’s front porch, we discovered a remarkable history lesson about our area. An old newspaper dated April 2, 1941 blazed the following headlines, 4 KILLED, 5 WOUNDED IN HARLAN. Miners pitch to ground — dead — as blaze of gunfire spurts from commissary at Crummies in coal strike, written by journalist Louis E Hofferbert. Subtitle reads — bullet goes through striker’s coattail. We found paper and coin scrip from the High Splint Mining Co., Popular Mechanic’s magazines from 1960, a pair of ice block prongs, an old hot water bottle and so much more. I have a stack of newspapers I can’t wait to go through. This was by far the more interesting sorting event we’ve ever had. The worth of it I don’t know, but the fun of reading and learning in such a personal way what was happening in the heart of eastern Kentucky 72 years ago — invaluable.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. One realizes the importance of time only when there is little of it left.
Community Bulletin Board: Gospel singing at Eolia Community Park June 22, 6-9 p.m., Sunday evening worship service at ECCO’s Chapel 6:00, all welcome, Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station, volunteers welcome, Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center at 6:30 p.m., come and bring a guest.
This week our prayer list includes the family of Joe Whitaker, Linda Kilbourne, Jean Hampton, Stephanie Estep, Betty Maggard, Allen Profitt, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Gay Sturgill, Pearl Baker, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Juanita and Phyllis Boggs, Ruby Sturgill, Nora Walker, and Brenda Gross.
Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, Israel and the Middle East, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.